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4/6/2003 1:05 PM
 
Hey all, it's me again with yet another one of my theory questions :P

Ok, I know Jimi was very fond of Dom 7 # 9th chords,
It seems to me that said chord contains both a major and minor 3rd...I know dom7th chords are usually major...but...

A.)Did I screw up on that? Does that chord really not have a major and minor 3rd? (It seems that the augmented 9th IS a minor third....but...I'm no music major..)

and

B.)Either which way, how is this chord used? As a major chord? minor chord? Both? Some other odd way?

Thanks! :)

Jalle
 
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4/6/2003 1:38 PM
 
The "Hendrix chord" is a dominant chord with a #9.

R - 3 - 5 - b7 - #9

 
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4/6/2003 9:26 PM
 
Ok, so...it's still considered major then?...
I mean, maybe a dom chord isn't considered major exactly...but it has a major 3rd which is why I'm saying that. Am I missing something here?
Jalle
 
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4/7/2003 6:12 AM
 
The dominant chord (1, 3, 5, b7) is made from a major triad (1, 3, 5) so it's related more to the major chord family than it is to the minor chord family.
 
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4/7/2003 9:27 AM
 
The use of maj3rd and b7 make this a dominant chord. You are correct - #9 and min3rd are the same note. In theory, because this is a dominant chord, it is more correct to name this as one of the 'altered' extension(b9, #9, b5 or #5).

We use the min3rd over dominant chords all the time - Minor Pentatonic, Blues scale, etc. The 7#9 chord has this minor/major flavor wrapped up in it.

My Funk Guitar series will have some cool voicings for this chord over the next couple of lessons.

Rock On!
Storm S.

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